Starting out as a sort of Kelko-for-mp3s, the site launched to offer a one stop destination for comparing music download prices – surprisingly, they can vary quite a lot. To make the U.S. roll out possible, CompareDownload has tied up deals with Amazon, iTunes, Walmart, Emusic and other smaller U.S. retailers, resulting in what the London headquartered company claims makes them the biggest database of legal music on both sides of the pond. Specifically, boasting access to 50 million tracks for download (via affiliate links, of course).
In addition to finding the cheapest mp3s by searching on the site, CompareDownload offers up weekly download charts, a free download section, the ability to browse by music category, and content from NME.com. Users who sign-up can also receive price alerts by email, create lists, write reviews and blog posts, and setup and join groups to discuss a particular artist or album.
On the U.S. launch, CompareDownload's James Bott comments "We have had such a fantastic year and thought it was only right to expand into the US. Our UK users are seeing savings of up to £10 on an album and are coming back time and time again. The US is a huge market and with some prices ranging from $5 to $12.99 for the same album there is definitely a need for the service."